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John Lamb, Published July 24 2013

Dilworth rolls on with Loco Daze

DILWORTH - Dilworth is a train town, so it is fitting that the city’s annual celebration just keeps rolling along in its 27th year.

Loco Daze has been picking up steam all week leading into a jam-packed weekend.

The Community Center is the main location for action, starting Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a bike rodeo for kids 14 and younger.

Torch singer Noel Iverson will keep listeners young at heart with his set, “Songs of Crooners,” from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by a fundraiser picnic from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and a Dilworth-Glyndon Felton Alumni Old & New Band Concert at 7 p.m.

At 7:30 p.m., a pinochle tournament starts with a $5 entry fee per person, followed by a DGF choir group performance at 8 p.m.

Friday keeps chugging, starting with a youth pool party from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by inflatable games, carnival games and a pedal tractor pull at the Community Center. A youth parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. A youth dance at the Community Center from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. will wrap things up for the night.

Fun for the adults kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with the Downtown Jamboree at various establishments, including live music at Mills Lounge.

Saturday is the big day with the Caboose on the Loose 5k Run/Walk at 7 a.m., followed by the Kids Fun Run at 8 a.m. at the Community Center.

The Loco Daze parade steams down Highway 10 at 10:30 a.m., and Valley Vintage Car Club will show off some fine rides from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center.

Penny & Pals will perform at 12:30 p.m. A carnival and face painting follow from 1:30 to 4:30, and Games Galore is back from noon to 5. All of these events are at the Community Center.

Games for adults are on tap with a free Texas Hold ’Em tournament at J.C.’s Corral Bar at 1:30 p.m., the same time as a beanbag toss tournament starts at the Community Center.

Music can be heard throughout the day in the big top tent outside the Community Center, starting with Tucker’d Out from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and the FM Little Red River Band Dixie Land Jazz Band from 6 to 8. An adult dance, with music by country act The Roosters, starts at 9 p.m. in the Community Center.

The town will celebrate its Italian heritage with a dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Admission is $7 for adults, $3.50 for kids under 12 and those under 5 are free.

Things wrap up Sunday with water Olympics at 1 p.m. and family games at 2 at the community pool. A Frisbee golf tournament will start at 2 at the Dilworth Ball Field. Sundaes on Sunday will feature free ice cream at the Depot/Whistle Stop Park.

Loco Daze will come to a rest at 5 p.m. with a community worship service at the park.

If you go

WHAT: Dilworth Loco Daze

WHEN: Thursday through Sunday

WHERE: Dilworth

TICKETS: For a full schedule of events, go to www.locodaze.org

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533